Reps Meet AGF Malami Over Alleged Illegal Sale of $2.4bn Crude Oil

Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice was cross-examined by the House of Representatives on Thursday on the alleged illicit sale of 48 million barrels of crude oil worth $2.4 billion.

The lower legislative chamber had established an ad hoc committee in December of last year to look into the $2.4 billion loss from the illicit sale of crude oil in 2015.

Beatrice Jedy-Agba, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor-General of the Federation accompanied the AGF to the investigation hearing.

It was the second hearing in recent weeks.

Malami had denied claims last month that the unlawful sale of crude oil to China in 2015 resulted in a loss of $2.4 billion in revenue.

The AGF, who described the ad-hoc committee as unconstitutional, said the allegation was “baseless, unfounded, and lacks merit.

He restated his position on the allegation at Thursday’s meeting and asked the lawmakers to provide the documents and facts at their disposal to enable him to carry out a detailed investigation on the matter.

In his remark, the chairman of the committee, Mark Gbillah, said the lawmakers were in possession of the documents released by the Federal Government on the matter.

He said: “On this particular issue, which we will not say openly but will take up with you in private because we also understand certain things are classified and confidential.

“We are not just embarking on something that is a wild goose chase. I want to put that on the record.”